FG Urged to Pronounce State of Emergency on Troubled States


The Coalition of Northern Groups has made a call to the  Federal Government for it to declare a state of emergency in Taraba, Kaduna, Benue and Zamfara, to curb the ongoing incessant loss of lives and property.

It was gathered that the spokesman of the group, Malam Abdulazeez Suleiman, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that current political structures in those states should be suspended and replaced with sole administrators until the conditions there improved.
Suleiman urged that immediate steps should also be taken to disband all militias and armed groups in the country.
He advised that government could use force to achieve the goal if need be, to ensure that no group had the capacity to challenge the state in its prerogative to maintain law and order.
Suleiman said: “With regards to the crises in the north, government should take further steps to ensure that farmers and herdsmen are given adequate protection by state agencies.
“We demand that an exact list of all those who were killed be published and the identity of the perpetrators made known.’’
He also suggested that compensation should be given to those who lost their properties while those found guilty of any crime should be prosecuted.
Suleiman called on the Federal Government to reconsider its current decision not to interfere with state laws on land use.
He said: “We see this decision as a veiled affirmation of the injurious and vindictive anti-grazing laws that are not just in conflict with the supremacy of our Constitution, but also repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience.
“We ask that the presidency, northern federal legislators and northern governors should show more zeal and effort at protecting the lives and property of pastoral communities everywhere.’’
He also urged the government to proscribe all religious groups, political parties or ethnic and tribal organisations that undermined the country’s peace, security, and peaceful coexistence through unguarded utterances and deliberate actions.
Suleiman stressed that individuals who associated with such groups or organisations that incited others to violations must be decisively dealt with in accordance of the law.
He, however, advised federal and state governments to identify suitable lands across the country and create grazing reserves and cattle routes.
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